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The novel The Wars by Timothy Findley is set in during the First World War Findley takes an interesting approach in the telling of the story A man that is researching the life of the main character Robert Ross tells the story He does so by using pictures transcripts of interviews diaries court marshal papers and his own imagination Findley uses not only this mans voice to tell the story of Robert Ross he also uses symbolism and imagery Animal symbolism is also extensively used throughout the novel The animal symbolism in the novel is used to develop characterization and theme The main character Robert Ross has a deep connection with animals this is reflected in his personality and the situations that he faces Timothy Findley successfully uses symbolism to develop the idea that human nature is not that different from animal nature Animals in this story are closely related to the characters especially the character of Robert Rodwell notices Roberts close connection with animals when he draws Robert in his sketchbook as the only human form among sketches of animals 155 When Robert sees the drawing he notices that the shading is not quite human it is a combination of animal and human qualities much like Roberts own personality 155 Rodwells sketchbook reveals the closeness between Robert and the animals Roberts encounter with the coyote is significant in his understanding of himself and his closeness with animals Robert understands that to be a good soldier he must be able to relate to the point of view of a hunter He learns from the coyote that a hunter must be generous and kill only in order to survive Robert follows the coyote and watches as it passes two gophers and does not even pause to scuffle the burrows or even sniff at them It just goes right on trotting--forward towards its goal 26 The coyote seems to sense Roberts connection with animals and
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